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January 29, 2018

27 Mixed Reality (MR / AR)

Influencers to Follow in 2018

Mark Metry Founder VU Dream

Mark Metry, Founder of VU Dream

Augmented reality is going to disrupt everything, even reality itself. 5 years from now and we’re all going to be living in a digitized Magic Leap or Apple’s rOS glasses world, it’s going to be unfathomable to our minds.
 
However, despite this technological dreamy future many people have been working on AR for several years.
 
Check out these amazing augmented individuals building the foundation for humanity’s next technological leap forward.

Jason Silva

Storyteller, Futurist, Keynote Speaker Known for hosting National Geographic’s BrainGames and his YouTube series, Shots of Awe, with over 100 million views.
 
Arguably one of the greatest technology philosophers of our time, Jason has created media surrounding the augmented and virtual reality revolution today.
Internationally recognized as a leading expert in the field of Augmented Reality (AR). She has been working with AR for 12 years as a researcher, designer, and technology evangelist with a focus on storytelling and creating compelling experiences in AR. She is the author of “Augmented Human: How Technology is Shaping the New Reality”.
Gaia Dempsey is an entrepreneur and activist in the field of augmented reality, driving the adoption of DAQRI’s augmented reality and holographic technologies worldwide. Gaia led DAQRI’s international expansion and opened DAQRI’s first European office in Dublin, Ireland. Gaia leads business excellence, establishing global, scalable business processes, drives revenue by securing new partnerships and government projects, and evangelizes the company through public speaking and thought leadership.
Rony Abovitz is an American entrepreneur. Rony is currently CEO of augmented reality startup Magic Leap. In October 2014, the startup raised over $540 million of venture funding from Google and other investors. In 2016, Forbes estimated that Magic Leap was worth $4.5 billion. In October 2017, Magic Leap announced the partnership with online comic book publisher Madefire. Magic Leap unveiled its first product, the Magic Leap One, on December 20th, 2017.
 
Magic Leap is predicted to be the first mainstream mixed reality device in 2018.
Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality Influencer / Evangelist / Entrepreneur. Named #5 VR influencer by Onalytica.com Brand/Influencer Connector. Contributing Author VRScout.com.
Rob Crasco Augmented Mixed Reality
Charlie Fink is a former Disney, AOL and AG Interactive executive who writes about VR, AR and new media for Forbes. While at Disney, Fink famously came up with the idea for “The Lion King”. In the 90s, Fink was EVP & COO of VR pioneer Virtual World Entertainment. He is now a consultant and frequent speaker on these topics at conferences like CES, SXSW, AWE, ARiA NYU, ARiA MIT, Digital Hollywood, VR Toronto (keynote), VR Voice Entertainment Summit (keynote), and “On The Lot” by VRS (keynote).
In addition to his column in Forbes, Fink is the contributing editor of VR Voice, and a regular contributor to HuffPost, Virtual Realty Pop, and VR Focus. He is the author of “Charlie Fink’s Metaverse, An AR Enhanced guide to AR &VR”.
Brian Mullins is an American entrepreneur and business executive, best known for his work in the field of engineering and augmented reality. He is the founder of DAQRI, an augmented reality company where he currently serves as the company CEO.

Building on his research in both computer science and neuroscience at Columbia University, he developed the basic tenets that now underscore Meta’s Neural Interface design philosophy. Today, he leads as the founder of Meta, the first company to deliver augmented reality (AR) designed around the way people are built to experience the world.

Cathy Hackl is an Emmy-nominated communicator turned virtual reality & augmented reality, producer, speaker and futuristic content creator.
 
She currently helps innovative tech brands with highly-specialized communications services, while teaching communicators about the latest tools and tech. She’s also the founder of Latinos in VR/AR and one of the women leading the virtual revolution.
Ori is the co-founder and CEO of Augmented Reality.ORG, a global non-for-profit organization dedicated to advancing augmented reality (AR).
Augmented Reality.ORG’s mission is to educate and promote the true potential of AR, and hatch augmented reality startups that offer unique value to its active users.
 
In 2009, Ori was the co-founder and CEO of Ogmento, one of the first venture-backed companies conceived from the ground up to develop and publish augmented reality games – games that are played in the real world.
Keith Curtin is an Entrepreneur, Brand Marketing Executive & Founder of See Digital, a consultancy firm specializing in Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality & Mixed Reality. He was recently named #1 on Onayltica’s “2016 Augmented Reality Top 100 Brands & Influencers” list.
Keith has consulted with hundreds of Fortune 1000 global brands to help them develop and execute first of a kind Augmented Reality activations including Coca-Cola, Pepsico, Dr. Pepper Snapple Group, Nestle, Kraft Foods, Kellogg’s, Mondelez, Mars Foods, Disney, Nickelodeon, Walmart, Target, 7-Eleven, Anheuser Busch, Heineken, LVMH, Diageo and many others.
Keith Curtin AR Augmented Reality
Top 10 AR / VR Influencer on Twitter. Experienced Founder with a demonstrated history of working in the entertainment industry.
 
Sanem is a well-rounded Influencer in the field of technology, specifically Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality. This Techpreneur has over 40,000 followers on Twitter and frequently informs her followers about all of the things in the technology world.
Sanem Avcil MR AR Augmented Reality
Brad is a global speaker, consultant with businesses, startups, government & education and named as the #14 top influencer in Augmented Reality.
 
Opening & Closing Keynoter – “Beyond these 4 walls – One R.U.L.E to change the world” / “Engaging A Minecraft Generation” / “Inspiration, Innovation & Culture” / “Augmented Reality – Beyond the looking glass” / Augmented Reality & Artificial Intelligence – From HAL to Siri /The Future of Storytelling”.
Chief Content Officer at Magic Leap. Award-winning professional and entrepreneur with over 20 years experience in digital media. A recognized expert and sought-after speaker on a range of digital media topics including over-the-top video, music, gaming & advertising + subscription business models.
Rio Caraeff Augmented Reality Magic Leap
Kris is the Global Executive Director of the VR/AR Association. Prior, Kris was an executive at Toys R Us and Verizon, applying AR technology to common use cases. At Toys R Us, Kris was working on digital in-store initiatives and shopping solutions, incorporating AR from Metaio (acquired by Apple). At Verizon, Kris was responsible for Media, Entertainment, and Location-Based apps & platforms; Kris was collaborating with Wikitude to integrate AR into Verizon’s GPS Navigation. In addition, Kris was an Advisor, Board Member, to FlyBy Media, an AR tech startup, acquired by Apple.
CEO of Transformation Group, a consulting, media, and education group helping businesses make the transformation into Augmented Reality. Consulting companies and hold educational workshops, as well as publish newsletters on AR trends and technologies and we hold online classes for professionals on various subjects related to AR and business.
 
Director of AR/VR at Morph 3D. Morph 3D specializes in avatar creation, management and distribution solutions for clients looking for a world-class, end-to-end avatar system for use in new digital realities in which avatars play a central role.
 
Morph’s Character System is at the core of our new products which includes a customizable in-app avatar builder allowing for endless character variation, a cloud-based asset management system with runtime streaming across a variety of software and hardware platforms, and e-Commerce solutions for those needing in-app marketplaces. Over 400 body shaping controls, auto-fitting ‘smart clothing’ technology, and an easy to use modular interface system make high-end dynamic avatar customization accessible to everybody.
Rick King is an avid tweeter. He most often tweets about technology, games, and most of all #VirtualReality and #AugmentedReality He’s a Technology Consultant, Graphic Designer, Musician, Composer, Software Programmer, Mobile Application, Unity 3D Programmer, and Virtual Reality Developer.
Tom Emrich is a leading voice in augmented reality, virtual reality and wearable tech. He is committed to driving adoption and innovation in technology which is augmenting the human experience.
Tom is an active investor and founding partner at Super Ventures, the first fund dedicated to augmented reality. He is also a community builder having grown a community of over 250,000 professionals dedicated to augmented reality, virtual reality & wearable technology through We Are Wearables, the largest wearable tech community in the world and AWE (Augmented World Expo) the world’s #1 AR+VR conference and expo with annual dates in the USA, China and Europe.
 
Clay leads the teams focused on virtual and augmented reality at Google. Previously, led the product management and design teams for many of Google’s consumer and enterprise apps, including Gmail, Google Drive, Google Docs, and Google Apps for Work.
An American blogger, technical evangelist, and author. Scoble is best known for his blog, Scobleizer, which came to prominence during his tenure as a technology evangelist at Microsoft.
 
Robert is helping get ready for the 2020’s, which according to his bio is when self-driving cars, AI, cryptocurrencies, digital assistants, and XR (Augmented Reality AR / VR) will disrupt us.
 
Ambarish Mitra is the CEO and co-Founder of Blippar, a leading technology company specializing in augmented reality, artificial intelligence and computer vision with the mission to index the physical world. Under Mitra’s direction, Blippar has grown from a groundbreaking idea to an industry leader with offices in the UK, US, India and Singapore and was listed 3 years in a row in CNBC’s list of most disruptive companies in the world.
 
Virtual & Augmented Reality Expert, Author, Inspirational Speaker, Entrepreneur, Investor, Inventor.
 
As leader of North America’s Leading Virtual & Augmented Reality Consultancy, Alan is focused on developing business applications and platforms for Fortune 100 companies across a diverse range of industries including Retail, Media and Communications Travel/Tourism, Industrial, Oil & Gas, Mining and Construction) Medical & Education. Alan is also Co-Founder of the VR/AR Enterprise Fund (launching Q4 2017), an Investment fund solely focused on investing in products, services, tools and platforms serving enterprise clients.
Phil Keslin is the Chief Technology Officer and Founder of Niantic, Inc., creators of Pokemon GO. Started in early 2011 and Incubated within Google, Phil led the engineering team in exploring the convergence of mobile, geo and social within a range of applications leading up to the launch of Ingress and FieldTrip.
 
Top One Hundred 2016 Augmented Reality Onalytica Influencer, BeBee Brand Ambassador, and Social Media Marketing Blogger.
 
Technology Entrepreneurship Co-Instructor at Stanford University, Founder of VR 4 Learning, Organization aiming at: – raising the awareness on VR/AR potential for learning – acknowledging existing work in this field – creating networking and emulation between people involved or interested by this topic – stimulating the market of VR/AR based applications for learning
John is a Vice President of Strategic Partnerships at Meta. Partnerships are core and a key strategy for competitive advantage for Meta. Meta strives to exceed expectations of what Augmented Reality can be – and do – in the future. Meta is designing a future where augmented reality becomes a healthy, vital extension of who we are and creates deeper understanding, freer expression, and optimal productivity. Meta has raised 73 million dollars.
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